So, you may be thinking: What the heck is an environmental estrogen? Is this another thing I have to worry about?
Environmental estrogen is much different from natural estrogen, as it is not produced by our endocrine system. So, environmental estrogens are thus known as “endocrine disruptors”.
Environmental estrogens, known as xenoestrogens, are estrogen mimickers. This means they can enter our body, take up the same receptor sites as estrogen and may cause havoc, such as estrogen dominance in males and in females. Estrogen dominance may influence infertility, endometriosis, accelerated aging, fibromyalgia and other pathologic conditions.
So what should people watch out for?
This is not an easy as everyone might think, since xenoestrogens play a huge role in our society today. Environmental estrogen can be found in many things that our industrialized society relies so heavily upon, such as food, cleaning products, drugs, electronics, and many more like pesticides sprayed on our foods and BPA, the chemical found in soft plastics are just two examples of this.
I know this sounds scary and it explains why you see people carrying stainless steel water bottles.
But the truth is, while none of these things are helpful for hormone health, it is not just about what you ingest. It is about how well you detox out anything that your body deems unwelcome.
You need two things to work well to help you detox out harmful substances:
1. A Good Liver.
The main detoxifier in the body is the liver. It has over 400 other functions. It needs a lot of nutrients to do all of its jobs and it does not like stress. When I go over the food journals of my clients, I look to see what kinds of foods they are consuming that their liver would like. Frequently, there are just not enough liver-friendly foods in their diet.
Do you know what else the liver does – it makes cholesterol, the building block for the steroid hormones estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and cortisol.
So, a healthy liver not only will protect you from harmful toxins, it is essential for healthy hormones.
2. A healthy intestinal system.
Yup going for the gut area! Many toxins the liver prepares to leave must do so through the colon, which means you need to poop. Our good gut bacteria helps us to do this and ensures that the toxins leave.
But do you know what is really cool? Our good gut bacteria can actually remove some toxins we ingest all by themselves, preventing them from entering the body and saving the liver some work.
I invite you to learn about balancing your hormones (and improving your health by supporting your hormones with the right foods), my Healthy Hormones Workshop Series is the perfect next step for you.
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In the meantime, eat foods that the liver loves such as broccoli and kale and apples. The good gut bacteria loves these, too, plus your intestines love fermented foods such as yogurt and kefir.
So call us (403-245-1212) to sign up for the Healthy Hormones Workshop today, save $100 and let the hormone balancing begin!
P.S. In a few days I'll be sharing why you may be unexpectedly gaining weight. Stay tuned for my tips on how to stop this.